This episode is really more of a public service announcement about Network Neutrality, a witty look at how a non-neutral network would be very bad for innovative publishers like This Spartan Life.
At issue is whether phone and cable-companies should be allowed to charge Internet sites for the privilege of sending packets to "their" customers -- whether your ISP should be able to charge Yahoo! for delivering its video and search-results to you faster than the results and videos on Google. Letting the telcos do this would be disastrous for innovation, competition and democracy, but I remain puzzled about how to solve it. I'd love to see some concrete proposals for sensible regulations or other solutions that will prevent the Bells from hijacking the net without asking the FCC to have to figure out the best way to manage your firewall.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.